With Jedd Fisch departing for the University of Arizona, the Patriots could be in the market for a new quarterbacks coach after the season.
Offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels has held both titles in the past and could do so again if he doesn't take a head coaching job, but it's also possible McDaniels and Bill Belichick will want more help in that area, especially with the quarterback position likely to see some sort of turnover this offseason.
Appearing on The Greg Hill Show with Jermaine Wiggins and Nick "Fitzy" Stevens on Monday morning, Ben Volin of the Boston Globe offered up a surprising and interesting name to keep an eye on: current Jets head coach Adam Gase.
"I heard some buzz last night. You hear the name to watch for the Patriots' next quarterbacks coach: Mr. Adam Gase," Volin said. "He goes all the way back to 1999 on the Michigan State staff with Josh McDaniels. They worked under Nick Saban. Adam Gase and McDaniels are tight. Look out for that one."
As Volin points out, Gase and McDaniels have some history. In addition to their time together as assistants at Michigan State, Gase was also the wide receivers coach on McDaniels' Broncos coaching staff in 2009-10.
Gase also revealed earlier this season that Belichick reached out to him after he was fired by the Dolphins and that the two have formed a good relationship over the last couple years.
In recent years, Gase's reputation has taken a hit as he's struggled as a head coach. After taking the Dolphins to the playoffs in 2016 in his first season as a head coach, they went 13-19 over the next two seasons and missed the playoffs both years.
Gase then took over as Jets head coach in 2019, going 7-9 last year before nose-diving to a miserable 2-13 record (which was 0-13 two weeks ago) this season.
Not helping Gase's reputation has been the trend of offensive players performing better after moving on to other head coaches -- namely quarterback Ryan Tannehill, running back Kenyan Drake and wide receiver DeVante Parker.
Current Jets quarterback Sam Darnold has also not progressed under Gase's tutelage, putting the Jets in a position where they may have to use their high pick in 2021 on a quarterback just three years after drafting Darnold third overall.
While it may not be fair to put all of that on Gase, it would certainly be an interesting move that would turn some heads if the Patriots brought him on.